St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Man, 71, charged in wheelchair skirmish

A 71-year-old Vermont man is facing charges after allegedly trying to run down a neighbor with his motorized wheelchair. Gordon Kiefer of St. Johnsbury pleaded not guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of violating an abuse prevention order. The Caledonian-Record said Barbara Elzohairy, 70, told police that Kiefer came at her one afternoon last month while she was looking in a shoe store window on a downtown sidewalk. She said she jumped into a doorway to avoid being hit. Elzohairy lives in the same downtown apartment building as Kiefer and has had a prevention from abuse order against him since June. She said this was the second time Kiefer had tried to hurt her with his wheelchair.